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Canadian Transportation Agency rules on grain revenue caps

OTTAWA,Ont.–The Canadian Transportation Agency as found that the Canadian National Railway Company (CN)’s revenues for the movement of Western grain exceeded its revenue cap for crop year 2004-2005.

The Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP)’s revenues from grain transportation were below its cap for the same period.

The revenue cap applies to the movement of grain from Prairie origins to terminals at Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Thunder Bay and Churchill.

Crop year 2004-2005 is the Agency’s fifth year for revenue cap determinations and marks the second consecutive year a railway has exceeded the maximum revenue entitlement. For the previous crop year (2003-2004), the Agency found that CP had exceeded its revenue cap by $321,912.CN’s grain revenue of $305,788,835 was $118,714 above its revenue cap of $305,670,121, while CP’s grain revenue of $323,068,715 was $513,061 below its revenue cap of $323,581,776.

In accordance with the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Company Pay Out of Excess Revenue for the Movement of Grain Regulations, CN now has
30 days to pay the above-noted excess amount, in addition to a five per cent penalty, to the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF).

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